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    Sharol Steenbock Couch authors “A true chiropractic legend dies at 71”; obit for Rex Wright DC (pp. 26-8); notes Dr. Wright served on KS State Board of Healing Arts for 26 years; was president of FCLB, president of NBCE (1967-69); several photos

1998 (Summer): NCMIC Examiner includes:

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    “Past NCMIC President Was Passionate about Chiropractic” (p.

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On May 1, 1998, the chiropractic profession lost a colleague when Charles Cline, D.C., died after a two-year battle with lung cancer in Azusa, California. Dr. Cline was president of NCMIC Insurance from 1989-1990 and a practitioner for over 40 years. The following is an excerpt from a “Letter to the Editor” that was written by an associate, Martin T. Habern, D.C., from Azusa, California, and published in the California Chiropractic Association Journal. All of us at NCMIC extend our deepest sympathy to Dr. Cline’s family. We also want to thank Dr. Habern for allowing us to reprint a portion of his letter:

“I met Dr. Cline in 1989, two years after graduating from LACC (Los Angeles College of Chiropractic). It was my great fortune to have the opportunity to take over his practice when he retired in August of 1991. He began his practice in 1954, the year I was born. To this day, treat many patients who began seeing him in the 1950s and 1960s. It is incredible to look back on old payment ledgers from this time period and note that his office visit charge was $3. He used to chuckle about the recent trend toward “cash practices,” recalling that in the early days, that’s all there was. He was so tickled the first time his services were covered by an insurance company, that he was

tempted to frame the check rather than cash it. “Dr. Cline was passionate about chiropractic.

He was an

articulate, well-read and scientific man. I used to call him at home long after he had retired to discuss difficult cases. He almost always agreed with my treatment plan, but I somehow felt surer of things after running them by him. Not long ago, I told Dr. Cline how grateful I was to him for the foundation of service he lad over his career, upon which I build and benefit each day. His response was elegant and simple: ‘My time has come and gone, and I have passed the torch to you.’

“A couple of weeks before Dr. Cline passed away I received a telephone call early in the morning from Margaret (his wife), asking if I could right over. I feared the worst. She told me that he had been suffering all morning with a severe headache and he wondered if I could come over and give him an adjustment. When I arrived he said that the pain was so severe that it was killing him. He was lying on



the sofa and I had to move an end table in order to work on him. I put aside my initial thoughts about probable brain metastasis as the cause of his pain, and gave the most satisfying cervical adjustment of my career. His headache resolved later that day, and he was grateful, but I knew he had given me a final gift: the acknowledgment and approval of the mentor for the apprentice.

“It is an honor to carry the torch that burns with the passion of a great man who served long and hard for our profession. He will be sorely missed.”

1999 (Aug 24): Interview with Pearle Bowlsby at her apartment in Des Moines:

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    Elmer Berner DC died about 6 months ago

1999 (Sept/Oct): Activator Update [14(5)] includes:

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    “A tribute to Dr. Anthony Pavia, 1932-1998” (p. 18): Dr. Anthony A. Pavia, graduate of Columbia Institute of Chiropractic (1954), died October 22, 1998 at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY. He was 66 years old. Dr. Pavia held two active practices at the time of his death, in Bronx, NY (est. 1954) and in New City, NY (est. 1960). He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Natalie, six children, two of which are practicing chiropractors and NYCC graduates (Steven ’84, and Ronald ’93), and four grandchildren. Dr. Pavia was a charter member of the New York State Chiropractic Association, and past president of District 14. He was also past president of the Columbia Institute of Chiropractic Alumni Assn., a member of the American Chiropractic Assn., and served as an ancillary faculty member of New York Chiropractic College (NYCC), where he taught technique workshops in the Activator Method. He was a staff instructor of Activator Methods International, Ltd., where he was a platform speaker at seminars throughout the Northeast U.S. Dr. Pavia was a charter member of CEFNY and the National Institute of Chiropractic Research. Dr. Pavia served as president of New City Rotary, and the United Italian-American Civic Assn., and was appointed to the Preventative Health Services Block Grant Advisory Council by New York State Senator, Joseph R. Holland. Dr. Pavia was a role model for many future DCs, who were inspired to become chiropractors themselves, by his expertise, sense of humor, and dedication tot he art, philosophy, and sciences of chiropractic. He was a loving, caring, father, grandfather, teacher, and mentor. Anthony Pavia was loved by many in and out of his field, and will be missed by many more.

1999 (Oct 30): obituary for Robert D. Johns, Sr. in La Crosse Tribune: Robert D. Johns, Sr. PALM BEACH, Fla. - Robert D. Johns, Sr. died at home in Palm Beach, Florida, on October 27, 1999, at the age of 87. A memorial service will be held on November 19 in Palm Beach at the Royal Poinciana Chapel. Mr. Johns is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia (Holmes); his three children, Robert, Jr. (Ann) of La Crosse, Arthur (Susan) of Birmingham, Michigan and Patricia (James) Griesgraber of Pasadena, California as well as five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, Gauthorn and Hattie and his brother Carleton. He was born on April 10, 1912, in Winona, Minnesota, and moved with his parents to La Crosse at age three where he attended Washington Grade School and La Crosse Central High School. He

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